Once in a while, a car comes along that’s so potent that it turns the segment on its head, or even better still, create its own niche. The eight generation Honda Civic, that we Indians still swear by, was one such car. It can largely be attributed for creating the sub-D, Super-C segment, and invited cars like the fifth-generation Hyundai Elantra to the field to play.
The Civic’s party was spoiled with the rise of the SUV brigade, which took down the formidable Honda, along with its rivals like the Elantra. The brigade, which is now led with Hyundai’s own Creta, took down a once healthy segment, currently contested only by the Toyota Corolla Altis, slow selling VW Jetta and Chevy Cruze models after the Elantra was axed last year.
The Elantra is back, and aims to re-introduce some much needed violence in the segment. Does it have what it takes? We find out. But first, here’s a background check on the car. The sixth generation Hyundai Elantra was unveiled on September 2015 at the company’s Global R&D Center in Namyang, South Korea where it has been engineered and designed. It made its global première at the Frankfurt Motor Show in the same month.
If you’re a 30-something, image conscious, corporate guy with a pretty wife who couldn’t care less about driving pleasure, the new Elantra’s the perfect fit for you. It’s got the looks, it’s got the comfort, it’s got the space, it’s methodical yet desirable and it’s definitely got the toys. It’s quite efficient too, and drives well, provided you aren’t an adrenaline junkie.
Then there’s the price. With introductory prices starting at INR 12.99 lakh (petrol) and INR 14.79 lakh (diesel), the new Elantra offers a lot of quality car for the money, and if you fit the intended clientele’s profile and are not a Toyota fan boy, it is totally worth it.
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